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Soulstealer

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Eat him or you’ll die. Eat him? What are you talking about? Trust me, it’s the only way to survive…

Synopsis

The Soulstealer’s greatest power is that no one believes it exists…

…except Steven Carpenter. One of the last remaining members of the Ordo Solis—a thousand-year-old order sworn to kill the ancient demon—even his faith has begun to wane. But when he witnesses the return of the Soulstealer with his own eyes, belief quickly turns to grim reality.

With the souls of the world at stake, Steven knows what he has to do—expose the Soulstealer. There’s just one problem, it knows it’s been discovered … and so do the nefarious cults sworn to the demon’s cause. In a race against time and evil, Steven will have to find help. But will it be enough? Or will they be too late?

Author Shane Boulware ramps up the action in his hair-raising second entry in the Soulstealer series. Burning the boundaries between urban fantasy and suspense thriller, this grim-dark stomach-churner will leave you as breathless as the characters trapped within its pages.

Grab this thriller today…and start running! https://SoulstealerBook.com

Bane. The name alone conjures up images of comic book villains. But sometimes, the villain isn’t quite what you’d expect.


Nythan is a 19-year-old young man making sure his cadet uniform is without blemish when he stumbles on an intruder in his apartment. During the struggle, to Nythan’s horror, he inhales a thin, silver stream of something, and after doing this, the intruder drops dead. It turns out Nythan has a symbiote, and he is about to become the next in the line of soulstealers.


Bane has been around for thousands of years, moving from host to host. But this time, things are different. As they travel around the world, gathering his followers to see if the cycle remains the same, the question is: are thousands and thousands of lives taken voluntarily an acceptable compromise for the greater good?

 

While I don’t like to compare books, or movies to books, I couldn’t help but to equate the idea of Bane to the movie Venom, and could hear that tone of voice throughout the read. However, this is a rather novel take on the “symbiote organism moving between hosts through the ages” idea. The author has very cleverly (without making it a book on religion) been able to use the religious ideals of the places Nythan goes to, to explain Bane’s reason for being, and thus, they are able to easily accept that Bane needs souls to survive. From an ashram in India to a monastery in Bhutan, his followers were certain that he would be the saviour of the world. I did like the way concepts like samadhi were introduced and that Nythan would learn about something bigger than himself in the world.

 

The journey Nythan undertakes to reconnect with Bane’s followers and enemies was littered with subtle brilliance at the way the author has combined past and present. The principal players were all described very well and Palaou, the eager beaver manservant/Bane’s #1 fan, was genius.

 

The length of the book was fine for its genre, but within the length, I felt some parts were drawn out. The reader had to be moved around the world and meet the Ordo Solis, the Unas, and the Raptors, amongst others, but sometimes all the info between the covens was a bit slow. There were also some grammar and punctuation errors, but nothing very offputting.

 

This is definitely highly recommended for fans of urban fantasy who enjoy a touch of humour, some action, and even a philosophical leaning. I was, however, devastated at the end (if you have read Sai King and got to the end of the Dark Tower you will understand). Bring on the sequel!

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My passion has always been reading, so when I left the gaming industry I completed a degree in linguistics and psychology. I started my own business as a freelance editor and do book reviews for NetGalley, onlinebookclub, Thistle Publishing, Blue Moon Publishers, and any other books I read.

Synopsis

The Soulstealer’s greatest power is that no one believes it exists…

…except Steven Carpenter. One of the last remaining members of the Ordo Solis—a thousand-year-old order sworn to kill the ancient demon—even his faith has begun to wane. But when he witnesses the return of the Soulstealer with his own eyes, belief quickly turns to grim reality.

With the souls of the world at stake, Steven knows what he has to do—expose the Soulstealer. There’s just one problem, it knows it’s been discovered … and so do the nefarious cults sworn to the demon’s cause. In a race against time and evil, Steven will have to find help. But will it be enough? Or will they be too late?

Author Shane Boulware ramps up the action in his hair-raising second entry in the Soulstealer series. Burning the boundaries between urban fantasy and suspense thriller, this grim-dark stomach-churner will leave you as breathless as the characters trapped within its pages.

Grab this thriller today…and start running! https://SoulstealerBook.com

Prologue

Fortune favors the bold, but no one tells you she hates the ambitious. It’s the sort of lesson life lets you learn the hard way.


I heard Thomas Jefferson once say that honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. I don’t lay claim to wisdom, but I can manage the honesty. So, if I’m being honest, then you need to know that this isn’t about a hero riding in to save the day. Nor is it a story of soulmates and true love.


This is a story…about failure.


As much as I want it to be about sunshine and roses, you can’t escape those lessons life wants you to learn. But if there’s a silver lining anywhere in all this, it’s that big things have small beginnings. One spark of hope can light a fire that burns the lies away. The truth has a funny way of setting people free like that.


To be honest…I’m not sure you should’ve come, but I’m glad you’re here.

About the author

Shane is an unconventional idealist from Orlando, FL. Naturally, he joined the US Air Force as a Contracting Officer, where he fell out of an airplane, got tased, & lived in a combat zone. His creative spirit led him to publish two music albums, break a World Record, & learn sixteen dance styles. view profile

Published on May 20, 2020

100000 words

Contains explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Urban Fantasy

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